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He performed "Overjoyed" on Saturday Night Live when he was the host. This was a minor hit single, as were "Skeletons" and "You Will Know". After 's Characters album, Wonder continued to release new material, but at a slower pace. He recorded a soundtrack album for Spike Lee 's film Jungle Fever in Conversation Peace and the live album Natural Wonder were released in the s. Among his other activities he played harmonica on one track for the tribute album Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved ;  sang at the Summer Olympics closing ceremony ;  collaborated in with Babyface on " How Come, How Long ", a song about domestic violence that was nominated for a Grammy award;  and played harmonica on Sting 's " Brand New Day ".
He sings the refrain and plays the piano on the Dr. Dre - and Sha Money XL —produced track. In , Wonder staged a duet with Andrea Bocelli on the latter's album Amore , offering harmonica and additional vocals on "Canzoni Stonate". Wonder also performed at Washington, D. Wonder's first new album in ten years, A Time to Love , was released in October to lower sales than previous albums, and lukewarm reviews—most reviewers appearing frustrated at the end of the long delay to get an album that mainly copied the style of Wonder's "classic period" without doing anything new.
By June , Wonder was working on two projects simultaneously: a new album called The Gospel Inspired By Lula , which will deal with the various spiritual and cultural crises facing the world, and Through The Eyes Of Wonder , an album he has described as a performance piece that will reflect his experience as a blind man.
Wonder was also keeping the door open for a collaboration with Tony Bennett and Quincy Jones concerning a rumored jazz album. Arena in Manchester. He sang at the Michael Jackson memorial service in ,  at Etta James ' funeral, in ,  and a month later at Whitney Houston 's memorial service.
He was also featured on two tracks on Mark Ronson 's album Uptown Special. In , Wonder revealed that he had been recording new material for two albums, When the World Began and Ten Billion Hearts , in collaboration with producer David Foster , to be released in Often labelled as a genius by critics,    Wonder is one of the most notable popular music figures of the second-half of the 20th century.
He is one of the most successful songwriters and musicians. In his childhood, he was best known for his harmonica work, but today he is better known for his keyboard skills and vocal ability.
He also plays the piano, synthesizer, harmonica, congas , drums, bongos , organ, melodica and Clavinet. Wonder has been credited as a pioneer and influence to musicians of various genres including pop , rhythm and blues , soul , funk and rock.
Wonder's "classic period" is generally agreed to be between and Wonder's albums during his "classic period" were considered very influential in the music world: the Rolling Stone Record Guide said they "pioneered stylistic approaches that helped to determine the shape of pop music for the next decade";  Rolling Stone 's list of the Greatest Albums of All Time included four of the five albums, with three in the top I'm really trying to compete with Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life.
It sounds musically blasphemous to say something like that, but why not set that as your bar? For me, it's the best album ever made, and I'm always left in awe after I listen to it. When people in decades and centuries to come talk about the history of music, they will talk about Louis Armstrong , Duke Ellington , Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder [ He's so multitalented that it's hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes him one of the greatest ever.
But first, there's that voice. Wonder has recorded more than 30 U. He has sold over million records, Wonder won 25 Grammy Awards  the most ever won by a solo artist as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award. His albums of the "classic period", Innervisions , Fulfillingness' First Finale and Songs in the Key of Life , all won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year , making him the tied-record holder for the most Album of the Year wins , with three.
Wonder is also noted for his work as an activist for political causes, including his campaign to make Martin Luther King Jr. Wonder has been married three times. He was married to Motown singer-songwriter and frequent collaborator Syreeta Wright from until their amicable divorce in From until he was married to fashion designer Kai Millard. Wonder has nine children by five different women.
Wonder and Simmons also had a son, Keita, in Wonder's ninth child, his second with Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, was born in December , amid rumors that he would be the father to triplets. Wonder was introduced to Transcendental Meditation through his marriage to Syreeta Wright. Dozens of famous personalities were rounded up in the video, which was titled "The Dream Still Lives". Each person involved shared their dream, calling back to King's popular speech in Wonder's very first tweet took the Internet by storm, and he also encouraged viewers to share their own videos about their dreams with the hashtag DreamStillLives.
Wonder has been a longtime Baptist affiliated with black churches. He closed the ceremony with a rendition of the Lord's Prayer and his song " As ". At a concert in London's Hyde Park on July 6, , Wonder announced that he would be undergoing a kidney transplant in September.
Wonder is the only artist to have won the award with three consecutive album releases. Wonder has been given a range of awards for both his music and for his civil rights work, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights Museum , being named one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace , and earning a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in He was also awarded an honorary key to the city, presented by Mayor Mike Duggan.
Stevie Wonder has received many honorary degrees in recognition of his music career. These include:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Little Stevie Wonder. American musician and record producer. Saginaw, Michigan , U. Singer songwriter musician record producer multi-instrumentalist. A genuine collage for Reel 32 with Louis and Lucille posing with a group of unidentified fans up top and Louis in shorts rehearsing with Danny Kaye in The Five Pennies in the middle.
Louis and Lucille being interview on television in Buenos Aires in wish video survived! Speaking of Ambassador Satch , the iconic cover photo of Louis makes an appearance on the front of the tape box.
Forrest Samuel Wilson, Jr. Performing under the name Gene and Eunice , in the Fall of Forrest and Levy made the first recording of the song,  backed by Jonesy's Combo which included saxophonist Brother William Woodman's band ,   in the studio in the basement of veteran musician Jake Porter 's home, and released in November on his Combo label Combo 64 as their first single. On the 78rpm version Combo A , the songwriting was credited to G.
Forest and Porter as V. Haver , with no credit given to Levy,  however the 45rpm version Combo 45 A credited Forrest as F. Wilson , Porter, and Levy as the songwriters. This is hard work. He's not "coasting" as some critics claimed and still claim and for a few minutes, the toll of it all is right there for us all to see. For the rest of the broadcast, the director occasionally flashes over to the band relaxing but on this number, it's almost an obsession.
And a valuable one at that, too. Also, much has always been made of Louis looking weary backstage, then walking through the curtain and coming alive.
You can see that time and again throughout the concert and it's really something to marvel at. Hello, Dolly! I already wrote about this in my 50th anniversary post on "Dolly" earlier this month as it's long been one of my favorites. Everyone's having a ball, the trumpet playing is as full-toned and spectacular as you can imagine and each successive encore is more and more infectious. Also, remember that no Louis Armstrong records were even available in East Berlin before Pops got there so the reaction of the crowd is fully the reaction to the man on the stage.
Most of those in attendance probably didn't know about "Dolly" but once you watch a performance like that, how could you not flip out? When I celebrated Louis's history with this tune a few years ago, I got more reactions to Shu's version than Louis's. I'm not saying it's better than what Pops did on it, but it will surprise you if you don't know what to expect from Shu. He's got his own sound, he knows how to play the melody, he gets to show off his technique on the double-time section and at one point, he gets so bluesy, you can hear Arvell Shaw groan in approval.
And as a bonus you get Pops shooting the lights out with that gorgeous Eubie Blake melody he immortalized 35 years earlier. Doesn't get much better from a feature standpoint and again, the tremendous ovation Shu receives is completely earned.
I know some Armstrong devotees who are a little cool on Jewel because she was so young, beautiful and polished, it was a striking contrast to the earthy nature of Velma Middleton. Also, she never did anything with Louis so she always seemed like her own woman.
I'm a Velma nut but I never minded Jewel as she could clearly sing and had a lot of fun on stage. Thus, I was pleasantly surprised to see a LOT of Armstrong fans revising their opinions on Jewel in the comments on the video on my Facebook page. Sometimes, you have to see someone in action to really appreciate the total package. The way she reacts to Kyle's too-fast kickoff tempo on "Lover" is funny and if "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" is a bit theatrical, no one can deny that she sings the shit out of it.
Jewel's cheerleading was a little obnoxious on the famous Goodyear version but she's much more tolerable here, getting everyone to clap along. Eddie Shu also loosens up, hitting a home run with his clarinet during Tyree's solo.
Pops sounds wonderful at the start but like almost all post versions, he chooses to end with a singalong vocal, still effective if not quite as exciting as the old three-chorus solo.
Interestingly, at the minute mark, Armstrong calls an intermission. In the early days of the All Stars, Pops would do two sets, usually an hour each. By the mids, he's make the first set top heavy, usually coming in at minutes and then doing a short minute second set. In the mids, he reversed it, doing 43 minutes here and 75 minutes in the second set.
Take a break, then, because it's intermission! OK, ready for more? This was another number Armstrong spent years crafting a "set" solo and once he got it, he didn't change it. But by the s, as he started having difficulty executing some of the more fleet-fingered phrases, he'd begin to improvise. This solo is almost has lots of different touches than the others save the usual "That's My Home" closing quote and it's a knockout, another one fans mentioned to me in the various messages I received about this concert this month.
And the rideout has Louis reaching for--and hitting--some higher notes than normal. He's ready to blow! This is a fun performance, with a great vocal from Pops, some riotous trombone from Tyree he wasn't as blustery as Trummy but he could whoop it up and that ridiculous upper register final lead playing from Pops.
This one stayed in the book until at least but he wasn't able to go that high after the dental work, making this the last peak version of "Hussar.
The tempo is turbospeed but doesn't throw Louis off as he just sounds as relaxed as ever, focusing on hitting the high hard ones on the nose rather than any flashy phrases Eddie Shu barely gets out of the way after his solo with Pops breathing down his neck!
Blueberry Hill - With those trumpet specialities out of the way, it was time for Pops to treat himself to an all vocal number, "Blueberry Hill. I admit, sometimes if I'm not in the mood, I'll skip "Blueberry" when listening to a concert recording rare, but it has happened. But please, if you feel that way, take the time and watch this performance. Again, there's something about seeing him in action that makes one appreciate what he brings to a performance like this one.
His phrasing, the gestures, the love in his face In fact, you might have noticed that in the 40s and 50s, the sidemen like Teagrden, Young and Hall used to take three-to-four minute features; why is everyone in Berlin stretching theirs out to six and seven minutes? Well, to give Pops a rest, of course, but this was a practice that actually started around , when Louis began having the All Stars play two short features each night. By , the thinking must have been why play two short ones when one long one takes the same time?
After a humorous extended introduction, Glenn goes into one of his best specialties, featuring that unique plunger sound of his. Glenn was like Pops in that when he had a set that, that remained his thing. The Wolfgang's Vault website has a recording of Glenn's set as a leader at the Newport Jazz Festival in and his closer was "Without a Song," breaking it up in the same arrangement we hear here, right down to the party-like, rumbling latin-vamp at the end.
Yeah, Tyree!Louis Armstrong - Jazz in Paris: The Best Live Concert, Vol. 1 music CD album at CD Universe, Armstrong's passion for Paris is documented beautifully with this